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Re: Indian 45-70 Carbine
Posted by Rich Allen on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at 7:29 a.m., in response to Re: Indian 45-70 Carbine, posted by John S. on Wednesday, 15 October 2014, at 10:43 p.m.
Thanks for the info, I figured the gun was a parts gun. As for the "collector " value, I guess it depends on why someone collects guns. As for me, I don't have much use for a perfect gun with 98% original finish, a gun that spent it's life hanging on a wall, in a case, or locked in a safe! I wish old guns could talk, how did that chip get in the stock, that dent in the barrel, the rusty metal. In this guns case, what early movie actor, dressed in war paint, was shot off his horse, dropped the gun in the mud, leaned it up against the lodge pole? Who put the gun together, where did that pile of parts come from? I find this far more collectable some minty unused perfect example of a gun with no history. I you look at the guns on my website, they all have real history!
As for this gun, is the rear sight an 1866 or so? The 1873 stamped on the side plate, was that added, or did some plates come that way? Did carbines ever have a front sling ring on the barrel band???
Thanks again RICH
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